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Humphreys College is a prestigious independent California institution of higher education with over 117 years of educational dedication. It is devoted to providing effective instruction and related learning experiences. With campuses in Stockton and Modesto, certificate, associate, bachelor, master, and juris doctor degrees are awarded in a number of fields in five broad academic areas: law, business, education, human services and liberal arts.

We serve motivated, determined students who thrive in an extraordinarily personal, welcoming, and approachable environment where they can see constant progression. Our skilled and professional faculty-practitioners build bridges between a solid education foundation in the liberal arts and practical life. We provide a rewarding educational experience that gives our graduates a wide variety of options and a competitive advantage in the career marketplace.


Humphreys College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, the court reporting program is approved by the Court Reporters Board of California.

Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California.  A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirement.

To view Humphreys College School of Law passage rates on Bar Examinations visit the State Bar of California’s website at the following: http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Examinations/Statistics.aspx

Stockton Campus

Humphreys College is located in north Stockton, about five miles from downtown. Stockton is a growing, vibrant city with a diverse population of over 240,000. It is centrally located with a thousand miles of waterways, an inland port, ski slopes in the Sierra, San Francisco and sunny beaches, the state Capitol, and miles of agricultural land, all within easy driving distance. The people of Stockton are active and friendly, and there is an abundance of community facilities within walking distance of the College: shopping centers, restaurants, banks, parks, churches, community centers, and public libraries.

Most of Humphreys’ students are from San Joaquin and the seven neighboring counties. However, there are some students from outside this area, out of state, and several foreign countries.

The campus encompasses eight acres which include classrooms, faculty offices, computer labs, bookstore, student lounge, and administrative offices. The library building houses the law and undergraduate libraries as well as the Laurence Drivon School of Law and the ‘state of the art’ Joe Carcionne Courtroom. There are three courtyards where students may study, eat lunch, or gather with friends. The entire campus is served by a wireless Internet network.

Modesto Campus

The Humphreys College Modesto branch campus is located in north Modesto in Stanislaus County. Modesto is a thriving community with a population of about 210,000. Modesto offers many outlets for the dramatic arts through several local organizations including the symphony, ballet, opera, and cultural scenes. Technology is positioning Stanislaus County as a global center for agribusiness. Due to its central location in the state, Modesto has become a prime destination for tourism. With over 72 city parks, the area offers many recreational opportunities. The Modesto campus is located within walking distance of several shopping centers and restaurants.

Facilities include classrooms, computer laboratory, faculty offices, bookstore, student lounge, and reference library. Rooms and apartments are readily available within walking distance of the campus and throughout the community. The Modesto Transportation Center provides bus connections to anywhere in the county including two stops within one block of the Modesto campus.

History & Milestones

Humphreys College dates its founding to the fall of 1896, when John R. Humphreys, Sr., assumed academic administration of what was then called the Stockton Business College, Normal School, and Telegraphic Institute. The College has been in continuous service to the central San Joaquin Valley since that time, making it the first institution of higher education in the area. The philosophy and objectives of its founder have remained with the College, being a small, independent school dedicated to higher education.

John R. Humphreys, Jr. became president of the college in 1937

The school became known as “Humphreys College” in 1947 when it was incorporated as a nonprofit education corporation under the California Education Code. It is governed by a Board of Trustees.

In 1950, this Board established a four-year evening law school.

The College moved to its current location on the corner of Benjamin Holt Drive and Inglewood Avenue in 1966.

In 1972, Humphreys College was accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Robert G. Humphreys became the third President of the College in 1980. Three generations of Humphreys had maintained the leadership of the College since its founding.

The law school became accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the California State Bar in 1983.

In 1987, a second campus was started in Modesto, California.

The College received accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1992.

The College has gone through great expansion between 1991 and 2004 adding a new law school and courtroom, a new library housing undergraduate and law libraries, a student lounge, and classrooms.

While kept current, the curriculum today is still clearly related to the curriculum as it was when the College was founded, focusing on both liberal arts and career preparation. The expansion of the College, both in Stockton and Modesto, shows the commitment Humphreys College has to the community and the growth of education opportunities for all.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Humphreys College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, marital status, or age in the administration of its educational programs, admission policies, personnel matters, financial aid programs, and other such college-administered programs and activities.

Humphreys College welcomes to its student body, faculty, administration, and staff, persons from diverse backgrounds and believes that the educational process is thereby enriched. The College consciously strives to create a climate wherein all students, faculty, administrators, and staff gain an awareness that comes from learning about and understanding the unique values and characteristics of cultures different from their own.